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Why should I reduce my caffeine intake and how can I do it safely?
Caffeine is a contributor and sometimes the cause of many issues people face such as, insomnia and anxiety. It is the most widely used drug in the world with coffee and tea being the leading way to consume. Caffeine causes us to have a short burst of energy by changing the chemical reactions in our brains; producing more dopamine which makes us more alert and supressing melatonin which helps to regulate our sleep and wake cycle.
Unfortunately, the body builds up a tolerance of caffeine and so to feel any affects from it we have to increase our intake. The problem with this is that the body thinks it needs this intake of caffeine and so reducing it, if not done safely, can create side affects such as headaches.
So why should you reduce your caffeine intake?
Caffeine essentially is a drug. It messes with the brain and prevents it from doing its normal job- surely that is enough for anyone to reduce their intake?
Caffeine can cause symptoms of anxiety if large amounts are consumed, such as a racing heart. This can then cause the anxiety to escalate. So, if you are struggling with anxiety, reducing your caffeine could help.
Caffeine can cause other issues such as difficulty losing weight, irritability, headaches, insomnia and increased heart rate.
So how can I reduce my intake safely?
- Ingredients – caffeine is found in more foods than we realise. Study the ingredients in your foods and know which ones have caffeine in them so you can choose whether to consume them or not.
- Decrease gradually – you must reduce the intake slowly because if you do not you might experience side effects. So, start with taking out two cups of coffee if you are somebody who consumes 6 a day. Take the ones out which you don’t rely on so much.
- Try something new – Try changing your tea/coffee or what ever else you are consuming, with something that doesn’t have caffeine as an ingredient.
- Go small! -if you are somebody who has a large cup each time you have a coffee or tea, change that to a small cup each time.
- Self-discipline – ask yourself “Do I really need that cup of coffee/tea?” and if the answer is no, skip it. Maybe stand up and have a little walk instead or a drink of fresh water.
If you would like to find out if your caffeine intake is unhealthy then use this handy diagnosis tool: https://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-addiction-diagnosis
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